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[3/3/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.04, 2014 @ 12:33 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao ended his outing as batting practice pitcher on Sunday after throwing twelve pitches because he felt some tightness in his shoulder.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014  Nikkan Sports says it was tightness in his right elbow.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Michihiro Ogasawara's locker is next to Kazuhiro Wada's.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Akinori Iwamura joined Ichi-gun workouts at Jingu on Monday.  He will most likely play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Orix at either first or designated hitter.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • The Swallows announced that Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa and singer/songwriter Masashi Sada will be guests on opening day.  Ichikawa will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, Sada will sing the national anthem.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien returned the first baseman's mitt he was borrowing from Junji Ogawa on Sunday.  Source: Sanspo 3/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014

[3/2/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Name Type Date NP Notes
Takuya Asao BP 3/2 12 Faced Shuhei Takahashi and Yuto Morikoshi; including breaking pitches; allowed two could-be hits.  Sanspo 3/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • 5th round draft pick Taiki Sekine will be sent down to Ni-gun after going 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday's exhibition game against Chunichi.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/2/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien was originally slated to start Sunday's exhibition game at first, but was instead the designated hitter.  The experiment to move him to first likely ended with him returning to the outfield.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

[2/28/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Mar.01, 2014 @ 6:21 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Toshiya Okada threw about 2,000 pitches in the bullpen during spring camp; Yudai Ono 1,800 pitches.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Name Type Date NP Notes
Yasutomo Kubo Bullpen 2/28 111 Sanspo 2/28/2014
Yuta Kakita Bullpen 2/28 30 Sanspo 2/28/2014

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  • The Bay Stars closed out Ginowan camp on Friday.
  • Daisuke Miura threw 2,627 pitches in the bullpen during spring camp this year, the most by any pitcher on the team.  Kazuki Mishima came in second with 1,883 and Yasushi Kamiuchi in third with 1,762.  Yasutomo Kubo threw 1,430 pitches and Hisanori Takahashi 1,178.  Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014

[2/27/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 5:12 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yuki Egarashi hurt his right hand when he tried to reach for a batted ball during a Ni-gun practice game against Hiroshima on Thursday.  There was some bleeding, but the injury does not appear to be serious.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura and Nobutaka Imamura could pitch in games in mid-March.  Sawamura threw about fifty pitches, including breaking balls, to a squatting catcher on Friday.  Imamura is expected to begin throwing breaking balls during his next session on the 28th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Kakita will break away from Ichi-gun and continue his workouts at Ni-gun.  He is coming back from inflammation in his right elbow.  Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014
  • Hisanori Takahashi's next appearance will likley be against Orix on March 4.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2014

[2/26/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars News and Notes

by on Feb.27, 2014 @ 4:19 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Daisuke Miura Bullpen 2/26 101 Daily Sports 2/26/2014
Yuta Kakita Bullpen 2/26 30 First session in four days.  Daily Sports 2/26/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Daisuke Miura is scheduled to pitch an inning in a practice game against Nexen (KBO) on the 27th.  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Kakita missed an outing against Nippon Ham on the 23rd because of inflammation in his right elbow.  He tossed a bullpen session on Wednesday for the first time in four days.  Source: Daily Sports 2/26/2014
  • Shuichiro OsadaMasanori HayashiKensuke UchimuraToshiro Miyazaki, and Shotaro Ide were called up to Ichi-gun camp.  Hiroshi KobayashiAtori Ota, and Tomo Otosaka were sent down to Ni-gun camp.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014
  • Former Women's Softball National Team Manager Taeko Utsugi visited Ginowan camp on Wednesday.  Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014, Daily Sports 2/26/2014

[2/25/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:51 am, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yuta Omine gave up seven runs in four innings in a practice game against Yakult on Tuesday.  Tsutomu Ito told reporters Omine most likely ran out of chances to secure a spot in the opening day starting rotation.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/25/2014
  • Through Tuesday, 5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue is 12-for-24 in seven scrimmages/games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
  • The 2014 M-Splash team was introduced to the media on Tuesday at QVC Marine.  Seven of the twenty-four cheerleaders are new additions.  Source: Sponichi 2/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Name Date Swings Notes
Yuniesky Betancourt 2/25 53 24 could-be hits; 1 over the fence.  Sports Hochi 2/25/2014, Daily Sports 2/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014

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  • Yuniesky Betancourt arrived in Japan on the 22nd.  He was introduced at a press conference in Kochi on Wednesday and joined the team for practices on Tuesday.  He started thinking about playing in Japan two years ago.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014 ... Betancourt took fielding practice at third with Esteban German on Tuesday.  Source: Sponichi 2/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori HayashiKensuke UchimuraToshiro Miyazaki, and Shotaro Ide will join Ichi-gun camp in Ginowan on Wednesday.  Atori Ota and Tomo Otosaka will be sent down to Ni-gun camp in Kadena.  Source: Daily Sports 2/25/2014

[2/24/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toru Anan and Yuki Koyama are slated to pitch in Tuesday's practice game against Samsung (KBO).  Source: Sponichi 2/24/2014
  • Taishi Ota will join Ichi-gun camp for workouts on Tuesday.  Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

[2/23/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 1:30 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Name Type Date NP Notes
Nobutaka Imamura Bullpen 2/23 30 Standing catcher; resumed throwing after having problems with tightness in his left shoulder.  Nikkan Sports 2/23/2014

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  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps have the day off on Monday.
  • Kentaro Nishimura took a batted ball off his left chest in the 9th inning of Sunday's exhibition game against Rakuten.  He was taken to a hospital in Naha and diagnosed with a bruise.  Source: Sponichi 2/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Name Type Date NP Notes
Bryan Bullington BP 2/21 30 Faced Jun Hirose and Yoshihiro Maru; allowed 6 could-be hits; also hit Hirose in the back with a pitch.  Daily Sports 2/22/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Ichi-gun camp has the day off on Monday.
  • Sho Aranami hurt his right ring finger while playing defense in the 4th inning of Sunday's exhibition game against Nippon Ham.  He is scheduled to return to Tokyo on the 24th for an examination.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2014

[2/22/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars News and Notes

by on Feb.23, 2014 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Ginowan camp on Friday.  The Bay Stars were the ninth team he visited this month.  Source: Sanspo 2/22/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Kakita was scratched from his outing on Sunday against Nippon Ham because of concerns about his elbow.  He will be skipped once around.  Source: Sanspo 2/22/2014

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Tony Blanco raised his hands in the air and shouted Anaconda! in front of the media on Friday.  The sudden performance was apparently inspired by Kiyoshi Nakahata when the two bumped into each other in the bathroom a while back and the manager glanced a peak and later told reporters, "There was an anaconda!"  Blanco is thinking about doing the performance after hitting home runs.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2014

[2/21/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars News and Notes

by on Feb.22, 2014 @ 12:51 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Tony Blanco 2/21   2-for-2; home runs off Daisuke Miura and Yasutomo Kubo.  Daily Sports 2/21/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Daisuke Miura BPs 2/21   Faced 12 hitters and allowed 3 hits, including one home run.  Daily Sports 2/21/2014
Yasutomo Kubo BPs 2/21   Faced 12 hitters and allowed 2 hits, including one home run; including slow curve.  Daily Sports 2/21/2014
Guillermo Moscoso BPs 2/21   Faced 12 hitters and allowed 2 hits; struck out 3; topped out at 149km/h.  Daily Sports 2/21/2014

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Kiyoshi Nakahata will be looking for up to ten starters this year.  Six will be for the basic starting rotation.  Seven through ten will be extra starters that could be swapped in and out based on match-ups.

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2014